Lauren – Site Management Experience

Lauren registered with WiC after her A-Levels to discover what opportunities were available in construction.

After completing her Level 1 Health and Safety and CSCS test on the programme, WiC worked with Hill to offer Lauren a work placement to gain an insight into the different roles available in construction.

Lauren was favouring site management, but also wanted to understand other roles available. WiC and Hill arranged for Lauren to shadow Site Manager, Simon Redgrave on CIP’s Akeman Street site. Phone calls to Jess Garton, Zoe Clarke, Tori Shepherd and Lucy Wallace, all working across production, commercial and technical roles were also arranged during her placement so Lauren could gain an insight into the other disciplines by speaking to those working in the roles at Hill.

WiC met Lauren on her first day and goals were set for her to make the most out of her placement.

Lauren enjoyed her time on-site, deciding that site management is the pathway for her having enjoyed the varied tasks, including problem solving and communicating with a range of different people involved in the process. Simon commented that “Lauren carried out with enthusiasm the tasks I have given her and has been keen to learn and be involved.”

Lauren said of her placement, “Thank you to both Hill and WiC for helping me to gain work experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the practical element of Site Management and the range of tasks you are exposed to daily as a Site Manager. Again, thank you to both Simon and Nick for giving their time to show and explain things to me. Not only has the placement given me an understanding into the different jobs and their roles, but it has also given me a future pathway that I’d like to pursue.”

WiC is now supporting Lauren to secure a pathway into site management.

Update: With support from The Hill Group and WiC, Lauren is now a Trainee Site Manager for The Hill Group.

We’re delighted to share that Lauren has started her career in construction with The Hill Group as a Trainee Site Manager on their Trainee Management Programme.

We recently caught up with Lauren to find out how she is enjoying the role and she told us;  “I love that no two days are ever the same. There are always different tasks and roles which makes the work fast paced and interesting. I enjoy being able to learn on the job and in a practical environment. The Trainee Management Program has helped me to gain on site experience as well as attending university one day a week to further my knowledge. Not only did Hill support me while on work placement with them, but Hill continue to support me greatly since I started the Trainee Management Program.”

Simon Redgrave commented; “Lauren came to us last year through the Women Into Construction scheme and has shown amazing determination and courage to succeed in our male dominated industry. She is well liked and respected by all of the site operatives and supply chain and deals with the everyday site activities with enthusiasm and growing confidence. Lauren has hugely impressed myself with the way she conducts herself and doesn’t shy away from all the challenges she has faced, becoming not only more confident in her role but showing passion for the work we do and our company values.”

Congratulations Lauren!